36 THE BEACON www . coshoctonbeacontoday . com FEBRUARY 15 , 2017
Ohio continues with next phase of InsideOut Initiative to combat ‘ win-at-all costs ’ sports mentality
COLUMBUS - Ohio continued this week with the next phase of the InsideOut Initiative , which is focused on transforming the culture of the high school “ win-at-all-costs ” mentality . The initiative , which has the support of the Ohio High School Athletic Association ( OHSAA ), Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association ( OIAAA ), National Football League Foundation and other local and national organizations , takes a critical look at interscholastic athletics by encouraging a system that focuses on the development of the educational , social and emotional well-being of each student-athlete .
“ This initiative is something that we have talked about for several years , and now we ’ re seeing it come to fruition .”
-Dan Ross Commissioner OHSAA
Discussion on the initiative continued at one-day forums sponsored by the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on Monday ( Feb . 13 ) and the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Tuesday ( Feb . 14 ), where school teams comprised of a small group of coaches and administrators were trained to create a school-specific implementation action plan to help reclaim the educational purpose of sports . Approximately 130 coaches and administrators representing 40 different high schools in Ohio were expected to attend the forum in Cleveland , while another 115 coaches and administrators representing 35 different high schools in the state and a few in Indiana and Kentucky signed up to be part of the conference in Cincinnati .
In October , Ohio became one of the first states to launch this initiative , thanks to comprehensive funding from the National Football League Foundation . In the Columbus suburb of Dublin , the OHSAA , OIAAA and NFL Foundation hosted approximately 90 leaders in the educational and sports communities to discuss the initiative and plan for its implementation . First piloted by the NFL in Colorado and Texas in 2015 , the InsideOut Initiative encourages educational leaders , state athletic associations and local NFL teams to partner together to address the brokenness of the sports culture since , without intentional leaders , coaches and supportive communities , sports are more likely to undermine the development of the very character it claims to build . The initiative is engaging stakeholders in strategic conversation to re-define the role of interscholastic sports in the lives of students and communities .
“ This initiative is something that we have talked about for several years , and now we ’ re seeing it come to fruition ,” said Dan Ross , commissioner of the OHSAA . “ This is needed in today ’ s society and will help us reemphasize what the real purpose is of our interscholastic athletic programs , which is to provide educational opportunities . We ’ re certainly pleased that the InsideOut Initiative is in Ohio and will provide guidance for our schools .”
“ We are excited to engage key educational leaders and sports organizations from across the state of Ohio in a conversation that reinforces the purpose of education-based athletics ,” said Jody Redman , a former college athlete and current high school athletics / activities association associate director and co-founder of the InsideOut Initiative along with Joe Ehrmann , a former pro football player and current educator and the author of InsideOut Coaching : How Sports Can Transform Lives . “ The goal is to win – we play , plan and prepare to win every game – but this isn ’ t the purpose of education-based athletics . The purpose is the human growth and development of the inner lives of students and connecting them to caring adults in their school communities .”
In addition to the OHSAA , OIAAA and National Football League Foundation , the initiative also has support from the Ohio School Boards Association ( OSBA ); the Buckeye Association of School Administrators ( BASA ); the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators ( OASSA ), and the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators ( OAESA ).
More details about the InSideOut Initiative can be found at http :// www . insideoutinitiative . org /.
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Music and sundaes enjoyed at Roscoe UMC
Sundaes and music by the Roscoe Transit Authority Band , which included Bill Given , Samantha Servais , Joe Cullison and Brad Fuller , was enjoyed by all who attended a special event on Feb . 12 at Roscoe United Methodist Church . The event was sponsored by the church ’ s youth group and was an opportunity for them to provide fellowship for church members and the community . “ In the past we ’ ve done a sweetheart dinner , but we thought this would be a little bit easier ,” said Susie Stout , youth leader . She said about 80 people attended the event and the youth helped set up and tear down . “ I think we will do it again if the kids are up for it ,” Stout said . The sundaes were free , but people were welcome to make a donation if they wished .
RV and Coshocton swimmers successful at sectional meet
STEUBENVILLE – Local swimmers from River View and Coshocton competed in an OHSAA East / Central District Sectional Meet at Steubenville High School on Feb . 11 . The River View boys finished third overall , and their girls were fifth out of 23 schools . The top 30 places in each event advance . Several swimmers will be participating in the district tournament state qualifying meet which will be held on Friday , Feb . 17 at The Ohio State University .
Results for the River View girls who are moving on include Shawna Shroyer , ninth in the 100 backstroke ( 1:09.60 ), Lindsey Ashcraft , seventh in the 200 individual Medley ( 2:28.25 ), and fifth in the breaststroke ( 1:15.62 ), the group of Shroyer , Ashcraft , Josie Fornara , and Jesse Vandenbark , fourth in both the 200 medley relay ( 2:06.70 ), and in the 200 freestyle relay ( 1:51.93 ), and the 400 free relay of Fornara , Kenzie Hudson , Emily Jacobs , and Vandenbark , seventh ( 4:24.33 ).
For the boys , Nate Cooper , fourth in the 50 free ( 23.85 ), and third in the 100 back ( 57.47 ), Jake Mitchell , sixth in the 50 free ( 24.19 ), and fourth in the 100 butterfly ( 1:01.97 ), Caleb Fischer , third in the 100 fly ( 59.88 ), and fourth in the 100 breast ( 1:05.26 ), Dylan Harsh , 10th in the 200 free ( 2:10.73 ), and 14th in the 500 free ( 6:10.27 ), the group of Cooper , Fischer , Mitchell , and RJ Hammond , second in the 200 medley relay ( 1:46.61 ), and third in the 200 free relay ( 1:36.23 ), and the 400 free relay of Zared Tumblin , Trase Berry , Harsh , and Hammond , sixth ( 3:55.53 ).
For Coshocton , Emily Casey will advance in two individual events . She was seventh in the 100 Fly ( 1:08.77 ) and 11th in the 500 free ( 6:14.33 ). All seeding times for Friday ’ s meet are available at swimmeet . com .
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